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Using mobile technology to reduce unhealthy alcohol use

CBHRS associate professor Dr. Diane King (co-investigator) and research professional Alex Edwards (project manager) are collaborating with psychology professor Dr. Patrick Dulin (principal investigator) on a clinical trial to reduce drinking. Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,  study participants will test either a smart-phone app or a chatbot version of an evidence-based program called Step Away.  Read more about > Using mobile technology to reduce unhealthy alcohol use

2020-07-24T15:58:06-08:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: CBHRS, News|Tags: , , |

First Alaskans Institute 2020 summer intern

Gina Bodnar is joining ISER this summer as a First Alaskans Institute intern, and we are excited to welcome her! At ISER she’ll be working with Dr. Cueva to develop cancer education for youth in Northwest Arctic, and will be learning about the research process from IRB submission to data analysis. She is also curious to learn about ISER, and will be having informational interviews with staff and faculty during her internship. Read more about > First Alaskans Institute 2020 summer intern

2020-06-09T14:11:25-08:00June 11th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Reporting impacts and recommendations for COVID-19 in Anchorage and Alaska

ISER faculty are working to inform the Municipality of Anchorage's COVID-19 efforts through a partnership between ISER, the UAA Division of Population Health Sciences, and the UAA College of Arts and Sciences. The group is involved in three distinct projects. First, Dr. Cueva, Dr. DeFeo, and Dr. Berry contributed to a series of publications focusing on specific areas in which the pandemic has impacted Anchorage and its residents, with recommendations for monitoring further impacts and potential responses/interventions. Of the published papers, Dr. Cueva and Dr. DeFeo took the lead on Education; considering the pandemic’s effect on early childhood, K12, and postsecondary systems, they noted the impacts of school and facility closures on students and communities, and provided recommendations to limit negative outcomes and plan for the future. Dr. Berry authored a paper on the economic impact of the hunker down order. Read more about > Reporting impacts and recommendations for COVID-19 in Anchorage and Alaska

2020-06-23T11:58:11-08:00June 9th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Impacts of ‘Hunker Down’ in Anchorage

Economists, both nationally and in Alaska, are frequently asked to assess the economic costs of the steps taken to limit the spread of COVID-19.  The economic impacts are huge; the US is experiencing rates of unemployment not seen since the 1930s in the Great Depression.  But the benefits of saving lives by reducing deaths due to COVID-10 area also very large.  In a recent a working paper, “The Impacts of the ‘Hunker Down’ order in Anchorage,” Assistant Professor Kevin Berry used the concept of the economic value of a statistical life to undertake an approximate comparison of the economic costs (in lost income) and economic benefits (in saved lives) of the Municipal response to the coronavirus outbreak.  His work combines epidemiological modeling of how COVID-19 could have spread without the Hunker Down order with the value of a “statistical life”.  The results suggest that the economic benefits of saving human lives to date has far exceeded the economic costs in lost income. Read more about > Impacts of ‘Hunker Down’ in Anchorage

2020-06-23T11:59:16-08:00June 4th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Kevin Berry Speaks with APM and KTUU on Coronavirus

The Institute of Social and Economic Research’s Professor Kevin Berry recently discussed the coronavirus with both Alaska Public Media and KTUU. He says the oil, fishing, tourism and cargo industries may be especially susceptible to the effects of the outbreak.Read more about > Kevin Berry Speaks with […]

2020-02-13T10:09:10-09:00February 13th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Alaskans are preventing opioid overdose death by using naloxone

A new paper by CBHRS researchers Dr. Bridget Hanson and Becky Porter describes experiences of Alaskans using naloxone to prevent opioid overdose in their peers. Participants described naloxone as easy to use and effective in reversing overdose. They emphasized the need to have naloxone widely available in order to prevent […]

2020-01-22T10:03:47-09:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: CBHRS, News|Tags: , , , |

Dr. Kevin Berry on Talk of Alaska discussing Spanish flu and infectious disease

On a recent Talk of Alaska episode, ISER’s Dr. Kevin Berry was one of the guests that discussed pandemic preparedness and what has been learned from the 1918 outbreak of the Spanish flu which killed millions worldwide and devastated rural communities in Alaska.Read more about > Dr. […]

2019-12-17T12:37:45-09:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Narcan® Distribution and Use in Alaska 2017-2018

CBHRS researchers are evaluating Project HOPE, the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services’ Narcan® distribution and overdose education program. Narcan® is a nasal spray medication that reverses opioid overdose. The public distribution of opioid overdose rescue kits is a best practice strategy to reduce opioid-related deaths.

Community-based agencies […]

2019-12-11T16:29:37-09:00December 16th, 2019|Categories: CBHRS, News|Tags: , , , , , |
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